Defining Racial Capitalism

In this week's podcast episode Leyla speaks to Dr Maya Goodfellow about defining racial capitalism and how this impacts lived experience. Continue Reading Defining Racial Capitalism

Welcome to the 151st episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. The month of July is all about looking at lived experiences, what they mean and how they shape the world around us. I’m joined by the amazing Dr Maya Goodfellow on this episode of the show to talk about defining racial capitalism.

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About my guest Maya Goodfellow

Maya Goodfellow is an author, academic and broadcaster, specialising in the relationships between race, bordering and capitalism.

She is currently Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Sheffield.

Her first book Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats was published with Verso in 2019 and was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize.

Maya received her PhD from SOAS, University of London in 2019. Maya has written for The Guardian and The New York Times, among others.

In today’s show on Defining Racial Capitalism

  • About Maya Goodfellow and the work she does. [01:35]
  • Her journey to becoming an academic. [02:59]
  • What the term “racial capitalism” means and why it’s important to understand. [09:02]
  • The way in which the immigration process in the UK negatively impacts mental wellbeing [17:07]
  • What workplaces can do to have conversations about racism. [23:08]
  • Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health. [26:01]

Quotes on Defining Racial Capitalism

  • Racial capitalism provides us with the tools to think about how race can be produced through global capitalism.
  • The immigration process takes a toll on your mental health, it is designed to create barriers.
  • If you can find anything in your life, that you can afford to do, do it.
  • Burnout is real, so to support myself I like going open water swimming
  • One of the things that like keeps me going is finding people who are on the same page, and who want to fight for the same things.

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